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You Belong Here is a beautiful, well-written poem that affirms a child's sense of "belonging" with their parent(s). The text compares the way that different kinds of animals belong in their unique environments with "you" belonging here with "me." The last verse emphasizes that even though the child may travel and see the world, that won't stop them from belonging. (Even though this is assumed to be written from a parent-to-child perspective, the pronouns are vague enough that it could be applied to other situations too.)

The illustrations are so beautiful, using a lot of earth tones to set up lovely contrasts and depictions of the natural world. In fact, I really can't think of anything that could make this book better. It would make a great gift for any young child, and especially children who are adopted or in mixed families. 

Scrounged From: Amazon (a present for our three-year-old)

Format: Hardcover
Author: M.H. Clark
Illustrator: Isabelle Arsenault
Pages: 32
Content Advisory: None

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